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Neyestani's cartoons often touch on issues such as gender relations and sexuality, which, he says, are "undisputed taboos" in Iranian newsrooms.

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Nikahang Kowsar is another Iranian forced into exile for his cartoons. Kowsar was imprisoned for publishing this cartoon, and accused of undermining national security and insulting a representative of Islam. In the image above, "Professor Temsah," a stand-in for Iran's hardline Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi, thought to be responsible for cracking down on the press, cries, "Nobody's gonna help me get rid of this mercenary writer?" Kowsar fled Iran in 2003 following death threats.

http://Kowsar%20contributed%20to%20a%20cartoonists'%20campaign%20in%20support%20of%20Mahmoud%20Shokraye,%20who%20was%20sentenced%20in%20May%20to%2025%20lashes%20for%20depicting%20an%20Iranian%20parliamentarian,%20Ahmad%20Lotfi%20Ashtiani,%20as%20a%20soccer%20player.%20Here,%20Kowsar%20emphasizes%20the%20"prayer%20mark"%20on%20Ashtiani's%20head.%20Shokraye's%20use%20of%20a%20similar%20tactic%20may%20have%20been%20the%20reason%20he%20attracted%20official%20ire.

Kowsar contributed to a cartoonists' campaign in support of Mahmoud Shokraye, who was sentenced in May to 25 lashes for depicting an Iranian parliamentarian, Ahmad Lotfi Ashtiani, as a soccer player. Here, Kowsar emphasizes the "prayer mark" on Ashtiani's head. Shokraye's use of a similar tactic may have been the reason he attracted official ire.

http://Kowsar, who%20cites New%20York%20Review%20of%20Books cartoonist%20David%20Levine%20as%20an%20influence, emphasizes%20that%20it%20is%20not%20only%20Iran's%20hardliners%20who%20suppress%20cartoons.%20This%20drawing,%20entitled%20"Mousavi's%20300th%20Statement"%20was%20removed%20by%20a%20reformist%20website,%20sparking%20a%20debate%20about%20censorship%20by%20opposition%20media.

Kowsar, who cites New York Review of Books cartoonist David Levine as an influence, emphasizes that it is not only Iran's hardliners who suppress cartoons. This drawing, entitled "Mousavi's 300th Statement" was removed by a reformist website, sparking a debate about censorship by opposition media.

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Depicting senior clergy is a major taboo in Iranian publishing. Here, Kowsar, depicts a figure untouchable in Iran's domestic media -- Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. 

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Kowsar, who now lives in exile in Washington, D.C., occasionally satirizes American subjects, such as the Tea Party. Though in exile, he tries to remain in touch with Iran by visiting familiar places from his home country every day via Google Maps.

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has proved a popular target for Iranian satirists. Here, Kowsar depicts a blood-drenched meeting between Assad and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

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